In some indigenous practices, if you came to a Medicine Man complaining of feeling disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask you one of these four questions.

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Health and Healing

“Fundamentally, the only reason for disease to manifest in your system is that your energy does not function the way it should.” – Sadhguru

It is important for us to recognise and identify our thoughts and emotions, and to be aware of the impact they have—not only on each other, but on our bodies and our health.  We all know that a positive lifestyle can lead to good health and yet, when we suppress any negative childhood experiences or dismiss emotional pain from the past, we may forget the link this has with disease in our body.

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 “Love said to me, there is nothing that is not me.   Be Silent”   –  Rumi

All the great teachers, philosophers and poet’s speak about making time and adapting silence into our lives.  They encourage us to practice stillness and re-connect to the growing separation we have from self.  As we busy ourselves with all the distractions we now have available, maybe it’s time to acknowledge why? and consider it may simply be to avoid connecting to our pain.

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Focus on what you want

“Reality is a projection of your thoughts or the things you habitually think about.”  – Stephen Richards

Do you know what you focus on each day?  Are you focused on the negative or the positive in life? Our thoughts are powerful magnets that attract what we focus on.

So if you continually say…”We never have enough money.”  “I am always sick.” “I will never find the love of my life.”  “No-one ever supports me.” Then we are actually creating and attracting those outcomes as truth for us.

“Happiness is something we reap from the seeds we sow. Plant misery seeds and that is what you reap.”

Change the negative thoughts and self talk to thinking about some goals that really excite you.  Objectives that inspire you so much, that you begin to see how much of an impact you can make, maybe even to the benefit of other people’s life.  When you shift your focus onto a positive vibration, you will begin to see how the world starts to see you differently.

It’s great to have specific goals and timeframes around them but what is more important than goal setting is “Accepting”.  Accepting your life right now for what it is, good or bad.  Being able to wake up in the morning and allowing yourself to see that you are perfect right now and creating your thoughts around “possible” rather than “impossible”.

“You can’t make yourself feel positive, but you can choose how to act, and think and if you choose right, it builds your confidence and changes outcomes.” – Julien Smith

Become aware of your dialogue and thoughts in every situation.  See how you automatically speak “negatively” and correct yourself to make it positive.  These thoughts and attitudes each day are creating the whole picture of your life.

I have found, having good habits and positive practices to be instrumental.  Waking up to Yoga and Meditation each day, sets me on a positive course and a stillness to know I can consistently get more done.  As these patterns establish into a routine, you will find that you will become a better judge of what is right for you and will attract the right people and the right outcomes.

“We can throw stones, complain about them, stumble on them, climb over them, or build with them.”  – William Arthur Ward

You are the creator of your life.  You are so much more powerful that you know.  Tap into this power and take responsibility and action towards creating and manifesting your dreams.  Most importantly, learn to love and accept every stage of your journey.

“I wanted color. I wanted to soar with happiness even if it meant dealing with the weight of fear and guilt, too. I wanted to live.”  – Heather Anastasiu

Unravelling Anxiety

“It has been said that our anxiety does not empty tomorrow of it’s sorrow, but only empties today of it’s strength.” – Charles Spurgeon

For those of us who have experienced anxiety, you will know, it is not a feeling you wish to keep.

Family and friends often tell you “Don’t worry so much” or “Things will work out” and as helpful as these words seem, they don’t help you feel less anxious.  What I have found is that it’s much more useful to own your anxiety – to observe its patterns, to look at what might be setting it off, and then to find ways to work with it.

Anxiety can be a powerful teacher.  It can show you where you’re hiding your stress or holding unprocessed emotions.  It might even remind you that there’s something you need to take care of.  Most important, anxiety often signals the need for growth or for some inner shift.

“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined anxieties about real problems” – Epitetus

Anxiety is our body’s way to warn us that something isn’t balanced in our life, and if we ignore the early signs, it can lead to very scary anxiety attacks or feelings of isolation and fear.  When the anxiety becomes acute, the intense activity in your brain can make it difficult to think creatively, much less change the situation you are in.

Most anxiety comes from childhood conditioning where you may have felt powerless to cope and often begins at a time when you may not have felt safe to acknowledge your anxiousness.

“Anxiety’s like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you very far.” – Jodi Picoult

It’s only when you are willing to bring consciousness to your anxiety, to pay attention to the bodily sensations it brings, the thoughts that go along with it, and the situations that trigger it, that you can begin to learn from it.  We have the power to take control and understand anxiety and to embrace fear.

Become aware of how you feel when the anxiousness comes over you.  What part of you tightens when you feel nervous? Note what kind of mental dialogue you are having with yourself during this attack.

When you face your anxiety head first and not with fear, you will find that your anxiety is usually based on lies that you have told yourself over-time.  No-one I know has died of an anxiety attack and even though some attacks end up in the hospital, it is always because they thought they were going to die.

Yoga, breathing exercises and meditation are all wonderful techniques in helping us release built up emotion and fear.  When you use feelings of anxiety as a signal to let go, you begin to discover ways to free this energy from our mind and from old emotional patterning.

“Why do anxiety, stress, or negativity arise? Because you turned away from the present moment. And why did you do that? You thought something else was more important. One small error, one misperception, creates a world of suffering”.  – Eckhart Tolle

So learn to be present and aware.  Fear not of the future, but rather that you are not living fully in this moment.